Celebrations begin after decisions are announced. (Photo by Phillip Shilling)
Audio Slideshow: Follow the journey of these Chicago college hopefuls.
By Audrey Plank, Elizabeth Schuetz and Phillip Shilling
Despite 40 mph winds whistling outside, students from more than 80 Chicago-area high schools gathered on Oct. 26 to attend the Fourth annual Chicago Scholars Onsite Admissions Event at the UIC Forum.
While the morning was dark, dreary, and rainy, the atmosphere inside the UIC Forum was anything but. Amid interviews and introductions were cheers of joy and excitement as scholars gained admission and scholarships to national universities on the spot.
By Audrey Leon, Lauren B. Howard and Ambar Gilmore
Maribel Lopez Velazquez starts every day at 6 a.m. enthusiastically greeting busy parents and sleepy children from the top of her front porch at her Cicero home day care center.
Lopez Velazquez, 37, a single mother of four teenage children, lights up with joy whenever she talks about her students that range from infants to 12-years-old.
“Loving children is not the ingredient you need to open up your child care,” Lopez Velazquez said. “The ingredient you need is dedication, perseverance, you want to do something for yourself.”
Posted in Business, Chicago, News
Tagged Ambar Gilmore, Audrey Leon, Bundle of Joy, Carol Dougal, Governors State, Hedy Ratner, Latina Business Program, Lauren Howard, Maria Lopez, Maribel Lopez Velazquez, Small Business Association, The McCormick Foundation, UIC, Women's Business Development Center